Newly signed legislation to help Fort Scott Historic Site

Law expands boundaries of site
Newly signed legislation to help Fort Scott Historic Site
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President Trump today signing into law legislation that includes modifying the boundaries of the Fort Scott Historic Site.

Fort Scott, Kansas is most famous for – Fort Scott. New legislation signed in to law Tuesday holds some benefits for the community’s treasure. Carl Brenner with the Fort Scott Historic Site says “That doesn’t mean that all of a sudden our park is bigger, it just means that the boundary has been expanded for looking to the future of what needs we may have.”

Carl Brenner says there’s a number of things to look at, including a management plan drawn up in the early 90s. Brenner says “The passing of this legislation provides opportunities, opportunities for increased education, opportunities for possible shelter in case of storms or hazardous weather.” Brenner says they’ll also get direction from the National Park Service in Washington.

But then there’s this building, Lunette Blair, also known as “Fort Blair” which at one time, was part of four other forts that protected Fort Scott in the 1860s. But this building, sitting directly across the street, isn’t part of the Fort Scott site. Brenner says “That is something that people ask us about on a regular basis, it’s something we talk about, when we talk about that through our living history, we have to take sites, or buildings here on site and portray them as that settler store because that’s not part of the national park.”

Brenner says it is one of the things on their list to have added to the Fort Scott historic site. Rhonda Dunn is the City of Fort Scott’s Finance Director, she’s also president of the Historic Preservation Association, and she was excited to hear about the new legislation. Dunn says “One of the most important things in our community is that we take care of our community and it is really a proud moment for us that this will get included, when they’re ready, as a part of the National Park Service.”

Brenner says it will still be some time down the road before they have a plan in place for any changes to the historic site.